Hello, there! Do you have a few moments in your schedule to talk about the importance of…scheduling your resources? If not now, put aside a few minutes just for this and come back. I’ll wait for you! But if you are eager to find out why scheduling can help you grow your business, let’s now waste another moment and jump right in.
Helps you set clear goals
You might get brilliant ideas while showering or walking your dog, but they usually don’t amount to anything, if you don’t write them down and take them seriously. Scheduling allows you to set clear goals and establish milestones. Every milestone will get you closer to accomplishing your objective, and it sure feels nice when you can check it off from your schedule! Just take a look at my scheduling ability. I can schedule social campaigns for different time periods, depending on your needs and goals, and help you post as often or as rarely as you want, with just a few clicks, while getting you closer to your objectives and saving you months of work. Scheduling, and for that matter, yours truly, help you keep your eyes on the ball while planning your next moves and setting up new goals.
Contributes to task prioritization
I don’t know about you, but I, for one, haven’t heard of an awful lot of business owners who have only one or two things on their to-do list. They usually have to juggle dozens of tasks, and mistakes are bound to happen when one is trying to act like Napoleon without an army to back them up. Scheduling helps you prioritize your tasks and take everything step by step. While the volume of work will continue to be the same, you will at least have a clear image of what you are supposed to do next and ease the burden of carrying the entire world on your shoulders. Step by step will always get you there if you are perseverant and…stick to your schedule. And your every step of the way is documented, so you can evaluate your progress and find patterns in your work.
Improves time management
From goals and tasks, we eventually arrive face to face with Father Time and how it seems to never bestow sufficient minutes upon us. Scheduling improves time management and productivity. If you are the master of your own time, you will eventually find your way towards increased productivity. While time is a wild beast to tame, with proper scheduling and the right tools to automatize your work, you might even find some free time in your schedule to meet your partner for ice cream or walk the cat. Routine planning is an asset regardless of how much you don’t like the word that starts with “r”. It is healthy for both kids and business owners, so keep your to-do lists close and be ready to be amazed by your productivity.
If time management is up to par and productivity follows, impeccable efficiency is only one step away. You can now keep track of everything, assign tasks to employees, track their progress, book appointments, and meet deadlines. Superb! And everything happens because you are very good at scheduling. From goals and milestones to task assigning and workforce management, everything is easier to achieve when you have a clear schedule of the day/week/month/year. Everything that matters for your business is now at your fingertips, and you can access the information anytime you need.
Allows for more accurate estimates
Scheduling is not only essential for time and workforce management! It also is vital for estimates on time and budget. Schedules allow business owners to access data in real-time, so they can evaluate their ability to meet specific deadlines while removing any of the variables that usually accompany the complex thought-process we like to call guesswork. Instead of relying on gut and tons of spreadsheets, opinions, and feedback, you can base your decision on reports and analysis extracted from your scheduling platform. This will get you access to the duration of previous projects, track record of employees, and the necessary resources. Do the math, use adjustments to reconcile limits and constraints, and get access to realistic estimates for a successful project.